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Last Day of School Now June 18

Fourteen days of school have been missed this year because of bad weather, and now the final day for students will be June 18th. Teachers will finish up on June 23rd. The school system has also had numerous two-hour delays, one regional closure and a three-hour early dismissal. While the state of Maryland requires 180 days of school, State Superintendent Dr. Lillian Lowery may be able to grant a waiver, to reduce that number.


Canal Place to See Improvements

There are several upgrades for Canal Place, including accommodations for a farmer's market and adding improved access for disabled visitors. The Maryland Board of Public Works approved a plan yesterday in Annapolis. The Board approved $100,000 for upgrades for Canal Place. Construction will begin in early spring, with the hopes it will open sometime in May.


Somerset Man Killed in Accident

Seventy-three year old Somerset resident James Hahn was killed and a 17-year old boy was injured yesterday morning on Water Level Road in Milford Township. The teenager's vehicle went out of control and traveled into the lane, where Hahn was driving. Neither operator was wearing a seatbelt, and the teen was taken to Conemaugh Medical Center in Johnstown for treatment.


Chamber Supports Preservation of Tax Credit

The Allegany County Chamber of Commerce has written a letter of support for preserving the tax credit for Maryland-mined coal. The letter, to Sheila Hixson, chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, is signed by Bill DuVall, Legislative Committee Chair, and Stu Czapski, Executive Director of the Chamber. The letter points out the harsh economic consequences, and the inevitable loss of jobs in the area, should the coal tax credit be repealed. The letter urges the Committee to all the coal tax credit to remain in effect.


Dam Maintenance Discussed in Keyser

The Mineral County Commissioners are considering approximately $176,000 worth of what is termed "necessary" work for the county's flood control dams. The county holds the responsibility for 22 dams in the Patterson Creek watershed area, while the city of Keyser is responsible for those in the New Creek watershed. This includes Dam Site 14, the main water supply for Keyser, which is actually located in Grant County. A request has been made to include the dam upkeep in the county budget.


Filing Deadline is February 25th

Next Tuesday at 9 p.m. is the filing deadline for the upcoming 2014 Primary Election. Federal and state candidates file a certificate of candidacy in Annapolis, while local candidates filed at the local Board of Elections. The primary election will be held on June 24th, while the general election is set for Tuesday, November 4th.


Man Arrested for Disorderly Conduct

A Cumberland man was taken into custody early yesterday morning in the 300-block of Columbia Street. Daniel Erwin Smith is accused of sitting outside a home at 320 Columbia, playing loud music. City Police arrived and found a partially full can of beer in the console of the car. Smith was uncooperative and had used profane language with the officers. He was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, driving without a license, and consuming. possessing, or drinking an alcoholic beverage on  public property.


Childs Named To FSU Posts

Dr. William Childs, who has served as interim provost at Frostburg State University since last summer, has been permanently appointed to that position and will also serve as vice-president for Academic Affairs. The appointment was made by FSU President Dr. Jonathan Gibralter. Childs will fill the position previously held by Dr. Stephen Simon, who returned to the faculty at FSU, and is now a professor in the Department of Political Science.


Service Set for Reverend Chapman

Services have been set for the Reverend Edward "Bo" Chapman, rector of Emmanuel Episcopal Church. Reverend Chapman came to the area in 1985, and had been the longest serving rector in the parish's history. He is survived by his wife, daughter and brother, who is also a minister. Services will be held on Friday at 11 a.m. at Emmanuel Episcopal Church on Washington Street. The Right-Reverend Eugene Sutton, Bishop of Maryland, and the Right-Reverend Martin Townsend presiding.


Towpath Repairs Set

Repairs to the towpath, just upstream of Evitts Creek Aqueduct near Mile Post 181.2 will begin this month. A large washout that has threatened the towpath continuity for some time will be repaired by CSX Corporation. A pedestrian bridge that spanned the washed-out towpath for many years will be removed. The construction should take about 8 weeks, and visitors should expect delays at the C & O Canal National Historical Park.


College Readiness Program Set

The Allegany County Adult Education Program will sponsor a career and college readiness event, entitled "College Goal Maryland" tomorrow from 2 to 4 p.m. at the downtown YMCA, in the adult education classroom. This will be an opportunity for free on-site professional assistance in completing the FAFSA form, talk to financial aid professionals, and to get information on statewide student services. Registered participants will have the chance to win one of two $500 scholarships. For more information, contact (301)-687-8025.


Income Tax Relief Proposal Floated

The House Republican Caucus has announced a General Assembly bill that would provide tax relief to all residents of Maryland. House Bill 326 would give a 10 per cent cut in Maryland personal income taxes, regardless of income level, and will be phased in over the next three years. The state ranks 43rd out of 50 in overall business climate


Bill Dealing with Concussions Submitted

Delegate Jon Cardin is sponsoring a bill that would start a pilot program aimed at detecting when student athletes may have suffered a concussion. Cardin says the program will be paid for by the manufacturing company that is chosen to develop the technology. It will be up to individual schools to determine in which sports the technology will be used. Cardin says football coaches and staff "get it," in that they understand the seriousness of concussions.


Rust-Oleum Facility Moving to West Virginia

Rust-Oleum will be moving a distribution center from Maryland to a 630,000 square feet of space in Martinsburg, which formerly had served as the GM building. The Berkeley County Development Authority has been working with the company since last April

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